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Grown Ups (2010)


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 163
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 147

Critics Consensus: Grown Ups' cast of comedy vets is amiable, but they're let down by flat direction and the scattershot, lowbrow humor of a stunted script.

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 35

Critics Consensus: Grown Ups' cast of comedy vets is amiable, but they're let down by flat direction and the scattershot, lowbrow humor of a stunted script.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 268,342


Movie Info

Thirty years after graduating from high school, five former basketball teammates gather at the lake house where they celebrated their biggest victory to mourn the passing of their late coach. Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend, the five friends realize that just because they've all grown up and started families doesn't mean that they've lost that old spark. Adulthood is what you make of it, and no one at the lake house is eager to be the grown-up of the gang. Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, … More

PG-13 (for crude material including suggestive references, language and some male rear nudity)
Directed By:
Written By:
Adam Sandler , Fred Wolf
In Theaters:
Nov 9, 2010
Box Office:
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Grown Ups

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (147) | DVD (9)

Grown Ups is the perfect poster child for this maddening summer of movie mediocrity.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The male fantasy of cheerleader spouse, well-adjusted kids and expanding waistline.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

A benignly crude slice of family hysteria.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Lazy is the word.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

It's not so hilarious that you need to rush to see it but not so bad that you will suffer unduly if you take a chance on its more-or-less family friendly charms.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Grown Ups delivers precious few laughs for the sheer volume of comedy talent on offer.

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
Top Critic

Grown Ups is cliched, predictable and full of immature and juvenile humor. The film recycles far too many jokes and it gets old real fast.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

Don't take it too seriously and you'll have a good time.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

The title mainly leaves one wondering when Sandler will chose to finally grow up and stop starring in this ongoing series of terrible comedies.

Full Review… | September 25, 2012

Doesn't so much play like a film than random home movies of Sandler and his usual screen cronies on vacation.

Full Review… | February 7, 2012

Five forgettable characters reunite for a (lame) joke-filled weekend.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Film Journal International

The second half of Grown Ups isn't good enough to dig its way out of the tremendous hole it's created for itself but it's far from the worse thing Sandler has ever made. Maybe in another 20 years he'll make something funny.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

Grown Ups heralds a sad day for comedy nostalgists of a certain age. Call it the day the amusement died.

Full Review… | November 18, 2010

Surprisingly, amazingly, bafflingly uncomedic and unhilarious.

Full Review… | November 15, 2010
The Standard

There's almost no plot, and loads of schmaltz, but the hidden metaphors and cast chemistry makes this a worthwhile effort.

Full Review… | November 14, 2010

The shameless sentiment (a cute little girl wants to use the car GPS to locate heaven) and Sandler's ego-tripping (he's married to Salma Hayek, and he's a sure shot on the basketball court) interfere with the laughs.

Full Review… | November 5, 2010
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Despite some passable gags and a whole posse of middle-aged funnymen, Denis Dugan's comedy is about the least grown-up movie you could see.

Full Review… | September 1, 2010
This is London

Not much more than an in-joke between the actors, this film is amiable but never funny. And despite some hackneyed moralising, it has nothing to say.

Full Review… | September 1, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

You've seen these actors play these characters many times before, and better.

Full Review… | September 1, 2010
Total Film

Full of obvious jokes and schmaltzy sentiment, Grown Ups is as much fun as watching endless home movies of people you really don't know very well.

Full Review… | August 30, 2010
Daily Express

Like The Big Chill with farting grandmothers...

Full Review… | August 30, 2010

Sandler's abysmal script cooks up a bite-sized moral for the finale. Groan ups, more like.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010

Frankly, if this makes you laugh even once, I recommend seeking medical advice.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
Daily Mirror [UK]

If root canal surgery feels too childish a torment, may we direct your attention to this ghastly celebrity roast in the guise of a boisterous family comedy.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010

If you thought writer-producer-actor Adam Sandler would never stoop lower than Little Nicky, here's the unwelcome proof that you were wrong.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Daily Mail [UK]

Audience Reviews for Grown Ups

Adam Sandler's career has been going downhill since the early 2000's. With many disasters year, after year, it's surprising that he still "acts" in films. His brand of comedy is overdone, recycled, boring, and above all unfunny and irritating. In the early days, he was amusing, funny, and his first few early films were watchable. But now, he is awful. Grown Ups is a bad movie, and I view this as a collection of awful, washed comedians that simply don't understand the fact that they are horrible. The cast here are just pointless, and irritating. Grown Ups is the perfect definition of a train wreck. The comedy writing is horrible, and the script is very poorly written, thought out and lazy. There is nothing interesting going on here and the film just fails in grabbing your attention. This is a bad comedy that never should have been made because there are no good, effective comedic bits that deliver genuine laughter. Watch something else; you'll be glad you did. Adam Sandler really should retire because, he no longer has the drive in making you laugh, he once did, but now after a series of box office bombs, he just doesn't seem to care about making a quality film. The guy can't seem to make a funny film anymore, and he just ends up wasting everyone's time by making trash. Grown Ups is not worth seeing, and the comedy here is pointless, poorly thought out, and unfunny. Grown Ups is an awful, lazy comedy that is virtually laugh free from start to finish. Watch a different comedy; you'll be glad you did.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

It's lowest common denominator low-brow comedy that kind of works. Sure it's the same washed up cast we see in every comedy, however it's the only film comedians that really have any steam for guys their age. This movie, for what it's worth, was good. It had a lot of recycled jokes, but they were recycled jokes that we have come to love over the years. This film has been panned by critics, but standing alone as my own critic, it's a solid comedy, but nothing more. You may forget about in in a year or so, but hey, every movie will eventually be forgotten someday. This movie is just a film that will give a great hour and forty minutes in the cinemas this summer. Well worth the ticket price to laugh. There hasn't been many good comedies lately, and this doesn't make up for that in any way, but it's not bad. But still, taking everything into account, it's washed up slapstick humor quite often, but for some reason it seems to work, and in the serious dramatic moments, you actually have sympathy. But right after that sympathy, they throw a huge smile on your face, which leaves one thing left to say. These guys still have some punch left, but I still think they should hang up their acting skills, because their comedy is getting old fast.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Adam Sandler and his entire clan join together for a somewhat-formidable film in Grown Ups. The film presents the solid chemistry that Sandler, James, Rock, Spade and Schneider possess so naturally. But the film becomes loose as it possess no true plot or storyline besides just the characters themselves. Sandler fans will enjoy the film, as comic moviegoers will only find this a decent summer flick. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


There's a loose plot that organized this movie - a comedy, allegedly - but it doesn't pay off, so throw out all the redeeming "heart-warming" or "family viewing" qualities the film has. And there are allegedly funny actors here, or put another way, washed up Saturday Night Live alumni plus King of Queens (I refuse to use his real name), but the only jokes are about how fat one character is. The story, I think, tries to keep too many balls in the air, and as a result, the viewer doesn't really get time to care about any given character - so much time has to be spent introducing relationships (or surprise new characters) that we don't get to see anything developing in any given relationship. Overall, it's just too vanilla - mindless, and by times mildly entertaining, but a far cry from the all-star-cast, fun-for-the-whole-family event this film could have been. Total bust, and a missed opportunity for Sandler to either get his audience back or better, gain new fans. Clunky, boring, stupid movie.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Grown Ups Quotes

Like when Rob snapped at me the other day, that was scary. And you all thought I was so calm, but inside I was saying Gloria Nunen, do not call him a bug-eyed sociopath with a little man complex. Do not say that his hair makes him look like a dirty q-tip. Or that he resembles an older, gay Jonas Brother. Or a midget, Filipino Fonzi.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
I have a confession to make too. I'm really a man.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Kurt McKenzie:
I see that ass is still growing. Got a little Kardashian in there.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Lenny Feder:
Are you peeing or is a diesel truck turning off? What the hell is that?
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Kurt McKenzie:
You got toe.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Kurt McKenzie:
How in the world's anybody supposed to get some sleep knowing they're under the same roof as Toe-be Bryant over here?
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)

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